Garrett Willis Leads Birdie-Fest at The Heritage
Garrett Willis shot a 7-under to take the lead at The Heritage on Thursday. Willis put together a stretch of six consecutive birdies on holes two through seven on his way to shooting 64. His nine birdies were the most of any player in the field.
Four players sit just one shot behind Willis as they head into round two. Chad Campbell, Tim Herron, Arjun Atwal, and Matt Bettencourt all shot 6-under (65) and are in a tie for second. While birdies were the theme of the day, Bettencourt managed a bogey free round to go along with his six birdies. Bettencourt looks to win for the second time in his career, his first was the 2010 Reno-Tahoe Open.
Big Name Players Within Striking Distance
Mark Wilson, Camilo Villegas, and Luke Donald all find themsevles near the top of the leaderboard heading into round two. Villegas, who has struggled in 2011, recorded an eagle on the 5th hole on his way to a 5-under, 66. Villegas has missed the cut in four of the nine events entered this year and does not have a finish in the top 25.
Mark Wilson is the only player on the PGA TOUR with two wins in 2011. Wilson won the Sony Open in Hawaii and Waste Management Phoenix Open earlier this season to take the lead in the race for the FedEx Cup. Wilson eagled the par 4, 13th and added six birdies on his way to a 5-under, 66. Tied with Villegas, Wilson sits just two strokes off the lead as he looks for his 3rd win of the season.
Luke Donald may be the biggest story of the tournament has he attempts to take over the top spot in the Official World Golf Rankings. A win this weekend and he will be the #1 ranked player in the world. Donald recorded five birdies and one bogey on his way to a 4-under, 67. He sits just three strokes behind Willis heading into round two.
TV Coverage of The Heritage will resume at 3pm EST on the Golf Channel.